Help Admin Operations Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled Maintenance

Schedule a maintenance window to collaborate effectively within your IT team. On scheduling a maintenance window, all your monitor alerts get suppressed by default. You can even increase your overall uptime by enabling monitoring during the maintenance period. Once the monitoring is enabled during maintenance, the Maintenance Monitors View will accurately track and list the real-time status of the monitor during the maintenance window. Additionally, you can also schedule maintenance tasks using our Site24x7 REST APIs. Explore more.

You can also automate maintenance to gain more control over maintenance activity scheduling and configuration.

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Maintenance Calendar

The Calendar View for maintenance shows all the maintenances scheduled by you with the exact maintenance period. You can differentiate all the maintenances based on the color assigned to the maintenance ribbon. Maintenances can be scheduled once, daily, weekly, or monthly. You can view the maintenances in the following calendar views: Day, Week, Month, or for Today. Click on the Share This button to use Download CSV option or Share iCal option. You can use Download CSV icon to export all the related maintenance configurations. You can click on Share iCal to obtain a public URL that can be used to import the events created in Scheduled maintenance page into other calendars. Once you enable the option you'll be getting 'View iCal Permalink' option when you click the Share This button. But once you choose Unshare iCal, synchronization of data will be stopped.

Maintenance Monitors

Maintenance Monitors view lists all the monitors that are currently under maintenance. It'll highlight the actual status of the monitor even when under the maintenance window. Say you've enabled monitoring during maintenance; now the monitor could either be under maintenance or can be in UP status. The Maintenance Monitors list will help you see the actual status of the resources during the maintenance period. To access all the monitors that are currently under maintenance, simply access the Monitors under Maintenance button listed in the Calendar View. The list will have the following columns: Monitor Name, Start and End Time of the Maintenance, and the Maintenance Name associated to the monitor. You can also bulk select your monitors under maintenance and temporarily snooze any running maintenance windows without affecting the overall maintenance configuration for the monitors. Once snoozed, the current maintenance window will be suppressed until the next scheduled maintenance. You can manually refresh the list of monitors currently under maintenance by clicking the  button. To edit the monitor configuration or view the monitor dashboard, access the icon against the monitor ribbon.

How to snooze monitors under maintenance

1. Log in to Site24x7.
2. Navigate to Home > Scheduled Maintenance > Monitors Under Maintenance.

Monitors currently under maintenance will be displayed here.If we hover, the status of the monitor checkbox will be shown.You can select the corresponding checkbox near the monitor for which you would like to apply the snooze option. Once you select the select the checkbox, the Snooze Maintenance option will be enabled, after which the selected monitors will be removed from monitors under maintenance.

If the maintenance period is selected as weekly or monthly for a monitor, and if the customer selects snooze maintenance, monitors will come out of maintenace only for that period. After which maintenance will continue.For example: Weekly maintenance is selected and a monitor is under maintenance. If snooze option is enabled for that monitor, the monitor will come out of maintenace  for that particular week alone. Once the snooze period gets over the monitor will return to under maintenance state in the next week.

 

Scheduling Maintenance Window

  • Login to Site24x7.
    1. Click Admin > Operations > Scheduled Maintenance.
    2. Click Schedule Maintenance icon in Scheduled Maintenance screen.

    3. Specify the following details to Schedule a Maintenance:
      1. Display Name: Provide a unique name for the maintenance window.
      2. Description: Provide an appropriate description for your maintenance window, such as weekly maintenance, periodic updates.
    4. Specify the Recurrence Details:
      • When the selected frequency is Once, Daily, or Weekly:
        • Frequency: Click the radio button to pick the maintenance window; Once, Daily, Weekly or Monthly
        • Start and End Time: Set the corresponding start time and end time based on your customized Time Zone settings. Know more about the Time Zone Settings in Site24x7 control panel.
      • When the selected frequency is MonthlyYou can either schedule maintenance window based on a specific date or a specific Nth weekday of the month.
        • Frequency: Click the radio button to pick the maintenance window; Once, Daily, Weekly or Monthly
        • Set Recurrence: Specify the time basis, based on which you want your maintenance window to reoccur every month. You can either pick "By Day or By Date."   
          If you've set the recurrence by date–then you must populate the following fields:
          • Start Time: Pick the date and specify the exact time, (in the format HH: MM, as per your Time Zone Settings) when you want your maintenance to reccur every month.
          • Maintenance Duration: Specify the exact time duration (in minutes) during which the resource will be under maintenance. You must always set the maximum maintenance duration to less than 1440 minutes (24 hours).
          • In case you choose the date as 31st (which isn't available in all the calendar months); the maintenance window will be active for those months alone when there are 31 calendar days; the maintenance window will cease to exist during rest of the months.

          If you've set the recurrence by day–then you must populate the following fields:
          • Start Week: Pick the Nth weekday of the month, (for example: Second Wednesday of every month) when you want your maintenance to reoccur.
          • Start Time: Specify the exact starttime, (as per your Time Zone Settings in the format HH: MM).
          • Maintenance Duration: Specify the exact time duration (in minutes) during which the resource will be under maintenance. You must always set the maximum maintenance duration to less than 1440 minutes (24 hours).
    5. IT Automation:
      • Schedule IT Automation at Maintenance Initiation: Use this option to schedule an automation after the maintenance starts.
      • Schedule IT Automation at Maintenance Completion: Use this option to schedule an automation before the maintenance ends.
    6. Associate Monitors to Maintenance window: Click the radio button and pick the correct Resource Type that you want to associate to the maintenance window. Based on your selection, you can simultaneously associate multiple monitors or monitor groups from the drop-down list.
      For APM Insight, maintenance is marked at application level only and not for individual instances.

      Include Subgroups: Enable this option to include subgroups of the selected Monitor Groups. Otherwise, only the selected Group will be considered.



7. Enable monitoring during maintenance to improve overall uptime: A monitor's status doesn't necessarily remain DOWN throughout the maintenance period. This option lets you capture the exact uptime and status of the monitor even during the maintenance period. Enabling the toggle button will trigger data collection of monitors during the maintenance period. Disabling it will put the data collection on hold until the end of the maintenance. Although the real-time status is captured in log report, no alerts will be triggered during this period.

If you've enabled monitoring during the maintenance, and:
    • Poll status is UP, then the monitor's status is deemed as UP. Polling will done from the primary location alone. Secondary location rechecks will be handled every 30 minutes.  
    • Poll status returns as DOWN, then monitor's status is deemed as under MAINTENANCE. However, the data collection doesn't stop and the polling continues until the status is detected as UP. The data collection is persisted throughout the maintenance period from individual configured locations, thus gathering the exact maintenance time that the monitor was subjected to during the entire period.

 

 Other points to ponder:
    • When data collection happens during maintenance, poll status of the overall monitor in the details page and poll status of monitor from a specific location are displayed independently inside the client.
    • Individual polled data will be captured and logged in the Log Report separately as UP or DOWN. Also, the outage report will clearly highlight the exact maintenance time that the monitor was subjected to.
    • If a Server Monitor is kept under maintenance, all its associated child monitors like IIS, SQL etc. will also be put under maintenance.

8.Click Save.
9.The details of the schedule will be automatically added in the scheduled maintenance dashboard, where users can view it in a Day, Weekly or Monthly view.

Any maintenance window that you've created can be edited/deleted by yourself/Admin/Super Admin user roles.

 

Maintenance window will be disabled in two cases:
1. Depending on the user role.
2. Once the Maintenance is active, frequency, start time, selecting resource type, and enable monitoring will be disabled to avoid maintenance issues.

This is because these actions are task based.Once the maintenance is over Maintenance window will be enabled and the user will be able to edit those settings.
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